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John Franch

John Franch is a freelance writer. He is the author of Robber Baron: The Life of Charles Tyson Yerkes and has written articles for such publications as Astronomy, Sky and Telescope, the University of Chicago Magazine, Illinois Alumni, and Chicago History. He can be reached at

The Secret Life of J. Allen Hynek

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 37.1, January/February 2013

The Secret Life of J. Allen Hynek

According to legend, the astronomer J. Allen Hynek was a skeptic before becoming an outspoken UFOlogist, but is the legend true? This article takes a look at Hynek’s unusual life and career.

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